The executive producer of “Ballers” Mark Wahlberg says that the NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell, tried to keep NFL players from making cameos on the show.
The five-member U.S. women’s gymnastics team is headed to Rio de Janeiro for the summer Olympics. After a two-day hard competition in the Olympic Trials, the names of the five young women who will represent the USA in Rio were announced Sunday night. These are: Gabby Douglas, Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, Madison Kocian and Laurie Hernandez.
Although Douglas struggled on beam both days of trials, her excellent uneven bars routine got her a position in the Olympic gymnastics team. Biles is considered top in gymnastics and anything but winning a gold medal will be a surprise. 22-year-old Raisman returns to the Olympics for the second time. She was actually very calm during the trials and seems to be the emotional leader of the team.
16-year-old Hernandez is a new name in the field and one of the youngest athletes to participate in the Rio Olympics. She dazzled the crowd at SAP Center with her excellent performance.
Dallas native Kocian also impressed the crowd with her flawless uneven bars routine. She decided to do gymnastics because she used to climb out of her crib when she was a baby way too often.
The big surprise was Douglas due to her recent coaching switch and falling on the balance beam. But she is an exceptional athlete with great performances in her past. Martha Karolyi, who is the national team’s coordinator, explained that there was a question of whether to give the final spot to Douglas or Ashton Locklear, who is a specialist in bars and beam. But Douglas won the position because she is outstanding in all four disciplines.
Locklear along with Ragan Smith and MyKala Skinner are the three replacement athletes.
Despite their differences, all five athletes have the skills and determination to bring back home a gold medal.
The creator and star of the Broadway show “Hamilton” Lin-Manuel Miranda appeared for one last performance Saturday night before saying goodbye to his audience. Miranda was not the only one to leave the show. Leslie Odom Jr. and Phillipa Soo also performed on the show for the last time. Odom has won a Tony Award for his role as Aaron Burr and Soo was a Tony nominee for playing Eliza Schuyler.
The three of them along with an ensemble member took their last bows Saturday night without explaining the reasons for their departure. Miranda held his hand to his heart as he was taking a solo bow and then actor Christopher Jackson pushed him to the edge of the stage where Miranda was once more fully applauded by the audience. Then the cast left the stage as the theme from the television series “West Wing” was playing. Their exit was really presidential.
There were many famous people among the audience, including US Secretary of State John Kerry from the political scene and Jane Fonda, Jennifer Lopez, Spike Lee, Charlie Rose, Rosie O’Donnell and Mariska Hargitay from the film industry.
It was “a majestic moment in the history of theater” according to Rose. Historian Ron Chernow, who had supplied the biography of Alexander Hamilton to Miranda, was also impressed by the way the creator turned the story of the American Founding Father into a musical.
Chernow explained that when he was writing the book, he never thought that it would be turned into a hip-hop musical with a universal appeal. He said that Miranda managed to amplified the content and have an appeal to the mass audience.
Considering all the hype around the beta test of; and wearable Pokémon, you might assume that the full game has already been released.
Nonetheless, until recently the entire game was not available, but that will no longer be the case in the United States if you have an Android based smartphone.
However, at the moment only individual with iPhones have access to the game in Australia, and thus Android users will have to be a bit patient.
Pokémon collecting has been brought to the real world via the game which was developed by Niantic Labs’ augmented reality in conjunction with GPS tech. According to John Hanke, the Niantic CEP, the intention of the game is to provide the players with the feeling of venturing out into the world and collecting the miniature pocket monsters for themselves.
Hanke also said that a player could live the story line of a Pokémon trainer adding that it was time to find out how quickly one can be able to catch them all.
Bryana Salaz plays time-displaced royalty in multiple episodes on Disney Channel sitcom
Shelby and Cyd’s time-traveling adventures elicits more consequences in Season 2 of Disney Channel’s “Best Friends Whenever.”
In this exclusive clip (above), one of those consequences makes itself known in the form of 16th century Princess Daisy (“The Voice” alum Bryana Salaz), who has unwittingly traveled to 2016 due to a time rift created by the besties, played by Lauren Taylor and Landry Bender.